17 cool things for your September!

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Hi there! How are you?

Just before we are heading straight into September I have some cool stuff ready for you. This time on a Monday so you get a good start into a new week as well.

Here in London we had some ‘fresh’ days and got a glimpse into Autumn (way too early if you ask me!) and then we have one more week of summer break and I am really wondering how it will be once the kids go back to school.

Are you ready? 17 cool things for a great new week and an even better month of September:

 

april-vase tse tse
If you want something special for your home, look no further than Tse & Tse.

100 years of baby fashion.

 

animal face masks kids
Want to swap the boring mask for something cute*? how about a koala or pug version?

Not vegan. Not tried. But if you are in for a very mean chocolate cookie, I think you should try this.

 

lion crochet animal head nursery
Fantastic lion head* for the nursery and kids room. Such a great decor item and beautifully made to order as well.

Whoa! Coolest backpacks* around for sure…

 

sunna studios lounge wear
If this lounge wear would come in my size I would totally wear it…

Until then, I will find something pretty in this shop*.

 

origami back linen dress women
That dress* had me at ‘Hello!’. I mean… that back…

Humans of New York. Always good!

 

french family home reims

french family home reims
A home full of life

90s kids versus today’s kids! So fun!

 

ruffled-sweater
I might be slightly jealous that this gorgeous jumper* is for kids! (but, of course, so so pretty!)

Pretty socks*!

 

linen playmat leaf
Cute playmat*.

If your kids’ school stays closed or you decided to homeschhool for the time being, have a look at this kids workspace inspiration.

 

Hugs and kisses…

 

PS: This week I will also share our two weeks break in Kent! Stay tuned…

 

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Children workspaces that are perfect for home school and inspire imagination

Children work spaces that are perfect for home school and inspire imagination

Since we are far away from being done with Covid but summer breaks will eventually come to an end I thought it would be great to look a little more into workspaces for children.

Here in the UK, we are planning on sending children back to school in the 2nd week of September. Fingers crossed! However, I know that elsewhere schools will stay shut until next year. And that means doing the work from home and therefore a good space is needed.

Making a designated study space where kids feel comfortable, productive, and can concentrate is key and I will show you some great ideas, share some tips, and give you inspiration for your own four walls.

Welcome to this children workspaces that are perfect for home school and inspire imagination guide:

kids desk home school

Image: Ikea

Creating a desk space

Having a special and comfortable space to study is crucial when you need to concentrate and to focus. And a dedicated desk is way better than working around the kitchen table. Plus this way you can keep all your pencils, erasers, and other school utensils on your desk – ready every time you continue to work. And I am sure your child will love to organise their own space.
Furthermore, a  great feature to have in a desk is adjustable height. Otherwise, you can also have an adjustable chair. That way the years of use are adding up.
I know that space can be an issue, so why not having a desk under a bunk bed or go for a small version with a drawer and the essentials can be kept in there.

I put together some great children’s desk to give you a head start:

 

kids' desks

 

1. Flexible desk*! The surface can be set to 3 different levels. I think it is great to be able to change up a little when you need it…

2. Cute desk* that comes in two sizes and a lots of colour options. Simple and cool!

3. Boho rattan desk*.

4. Perfectly combining design and functionality and the two compartments under the top can store everything. This desk* is available in white and celadon and has a groove for pencils on the top.

5. This desk* won the Red Dot Design Award and you can also add some drawers if you wish. (available in green and pink too)

6. Adjustable desk* with storage under the table and a great design. I love the natural version but there is blue and white as well.

7. Vintage style desk* that is available in different colours and has an accompanying chair* too.

8. This is a very stylish desk & chair set* that will look fantastic in any corner of your home.

 

kids workspace

Image: Apartment Therapy

Personalise the children workspace

Hang their artwork, add some time tables, and/or put a magnetic panel up to stick papers, notes, and drawings. Just make it fun, colourful, and inspiring. Have a look at my coolest art prints for kids’ rooms article to find great posters and more.
Colours are super important because they can turn a room into a great space and really help you to be creative. A room that screams happy and fun is so much better than a boring ‘classroom’ don’t you think?

 

kids space organisation

Image: Rachel Parcell

Organisation

Think about your own desk or office. I am sure you are much more productive when it is clutter-free and tidy. And when you are creating a healthy learning environment for your kids it should be orderly as well.
Take a bookshelf and fill it with school books, paper, and art supplies. Provide little baskets for pens, glue sticks, scissors, etc. That way you will avoid a busy desk and leaving more space to do the work.

Don’t forget for the perfect children workspace:
You will need a bin, stock up on supplies, and keep healthy snacks in the pantry!

 

 

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A monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

Today I am taking you to The Netherlands. To the countryside and a very special property that I know you will adore as much as I do.

This monumental farmhouse was completely renovated and turned into a stunning family home. Including work areas, a huge backyard plus a large wooden outdoor residence.
It is a national monument, and yet meets all the requirements of the contemporary era. The entire construction of the house has taken place in close consultation with the National Monument Service. Note that the farm dates back to 1650 and was in a dilapidated state until 2012, only the outer walls and beams were still standing.

Therefore we will go straight to the good stuff and have a look. As you can guess from the first image – the kids rooms are amazing and that is where we will start the tour:

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home
Boys room with mustard and teal notes…

 

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

Girls room with lots of powder nuances…

 

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home
The beams are definitely the T H I N G! They have such an impact, charm, and charisma. And I love how they are used to decorate the rooms.

And a little playroom in the lower ground that is just the perfect amount of space, toys, and fun.

Also loving all the little details and things that must have been inherited or found when strolling through markets and garage sales.

 

Now lets see the rest of the farmhouse:

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home
What a space!

So much light, great big windows, and great wall features… take that striking wall of the various panel doors that the original house revealed and that have been placed against the rear facade for example.

 

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home

monumental farmhouse turned into a modern family home
The farmhouse is situated in s’Gravenmoer which is a lively little village in the center of The Netherlands. You can reach the cities of Breda, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Tilburg quickly and a 5-minute walk takes you to a beautiful nature reserve adjacent to ‘s Gravenmoer, where many hiking and cycling trails are located. It is kinda perfect…

 

Would you like to see more interiors from The Netherlands? How about this Amsterdam warehouse turned family home or these colourful kids rooms?

 

Via Funda
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26 sizzling things for your August!

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I have been a bad blogger over the last months but I guess you all know why. To make it up a tiny bit I managed to gather a Friday List so we can all start August in style.

And wherever you are, whatever you do… I really hope that you are OK and that things are more calm and manageable.

We are staying in this cute little cottage in Kent at the moment. And I can tell you, it is sooooo nice to be out of the city and see something else for a bit. I will share more about our stay and cottage very soon!

Here are your 26 sizzling things for a sunny month of August:

 

macrame weaving loom diy kit
Great range of DIY Knitting, Crochet, Weaving and Macrame kits*.

If you are looking for something special for your home.

 

sozo diy kits
More DIY: From funky cushion cases to embroidered wall art, let your creativity take hold with these kits from Sozo DIY*.

Great interview with Simone Biles in Vogue. To add you should also watch the Netflix Documentary about the US Gymnastics Team system.

 

natural body soap
French inspired natural skincare. Which looks very glam and chic too. Just like the French… (And they make great gifts!)

Also DIY, but outdoors: Eco-friendly container gardening kits*!

 

yellow maxi dress cotton
For me please! Fantastic yellow maxi dress* that will always put a smile on your face whilst wearing it. (you should check this shop out in general by the way…)

On my recipe list: Raw Nutella Bars.

 

hand embroidery pattern
I am on a roll today, more DIY kits: These hand embroidery hoop patterns* are so gorgeous!

This print just screams summer.

 

A+Colorful+Bohemian+home
What a house!

One of my favourite decor brands.

 

white peach summer drink
Adult drink with white peaches. I actually got a blender to crush ice (Ours broke just before our last move) recently and collect yummy summer drink recipes…

Remember:  Colouring Pages to print out during rainy days!

 

child bonnet
Handmade baby and child bonnets*.

I made a very simple and yet delicious focaccia a few weeks back. Nothing compared to the very arty ones going through the net…

 

le-toy-van-pull-along-wagon-cart
An old-fashioned favourite for little ones to easily transport their toy collections from room to room with this pull-along wagon cart*.

Hmmmmm…. roasted berry sorbet!

 

Toy Beauty_makeup-bag-pretend-play
My youngest is really into makeup and hair. She basically begs me to put on lipstick (my already very minimalist approach to make up is literally nonexistent since Corona started) and to do my hair. It is her birthday in September and I think that I will get this Toy Make Up Bag*. No need to worry about make up on furniture or skin problems…

Another adult drink, with grapefruit. Something I re-discovered over the last weeks as well.

 

mini me clothing design
Very cool and minimal clothes for the whole family – dada, mama & mini!

Something pretty for us mums!

 

woven throw blanket etsy
Time to get yourself a great gift that will make the extra time we spend in our homes even more worthwhile. In love with these throw blankets*….

More for the home: These rugs* are amazing, affordable and super fun!

 

stay close to people who make you feel like sunshine
Just wanted to give this to you!

Last one: If you are looking for a very special dress* for your child. Look no further!

 

Have a great month of August everyone. Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!

 

 

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Open-ended wooden toys for creative children

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Good Morning and are you just as delighted as I am that it is Friday today?

I know that a lot of people say that the days of the week are just a name but I can tell you that a break from home school is definitely worth a mini celebration for me.

So before we all head into our well deserved weekends, I wanted to introduce you to Babai Toys. It is a Ukrainian-based company that specialises in innovative, high-quality toys. And they are made entirely from wood combining tradition with modernity!

The people behind the brand value quality very dearly and strictly follow EU standards and manufacture their toys in an environmentally safe approach. Everything comes with a natural, non-varnished and unpainted finish. As well as smooth corners, making it totally child safe, with no points or sharp edges.

Open-ended wooden toys for creative children:

wooden toys
The wooden houses are amazing and so inviting for creative play. They are magnetic which means they are easy to build as well as to take down. Our amazing bow and arrow set is just the job for little adventurers!

And who does not like a good balancing game? Especially one that looks as cool as this one…

 

wooden toys

wooden toys

The sky is the limit when it comes to imagination at Babai Toys, children and parents alike will fall in love with the innovative creations…

 

More wooden toys? How about Wooden Story or science and art combined in cool wooden toys ?

 

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